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ìSarah Logan , b. 11, 6, 1751 , dau. of William Logan , d. 1, 25, 1796 , m. 3, 17, 1772 , Thomas Fisher , of Phila. , merchant, son of Joshua Fisher , of Lewes, Del. , afterwards a merchant in Phila. , who d. 2, 31, 1783 , by his w. Sarah , dau. of Thomas Rowland . Thomas Fisher was born May 6th, 1741 , and on coming of age was taken into partnership by his father. During the French war, he was captured at sea, and taken to Spain , from whence, after his release, he visited England . His brothers, also, were allowed a share in their father's business, as they came of age, the firm being known as Joshua Fisher & Sons until the death of their father. Joshua Fisher and his three sons, Thomas , Miers , and Samuel R. , were among those arrested during the Revolution, as inimical to the cause of America , and the three brothers were transported to Winchester, Va. , where they remained through the winter of 1777-8 . Thomas , Samuel , and Miers Fisher succeeded to the business of Joshua Fisher & Sons, and in the same year, Thomas and Miers entered the firm of Hough , Bickham , & Co., in the lumber business, and in 1800 , Thomas became Leonard Snowden 's partner in a brewery. Thomas Fisher was owner Westmoreland county, Pa. , and 1/2 of 10,000 acres in Chemung township, N.Y. He resided at 142 So. 2nd Street, in Phila . He d. Sep. 6, 1810 .
Issue (surname Fisher ):
Sarah , d. y.,
Joshua , b. 8, 27, 1775 , m. Elizabeth Powel Francis , see below,
Hannah Logan , b. 11, 6, 1777 , published in 1839 a small book of memorials of various members of the family, d. 6, 25, 1846 , m. 6, 10, 1810 , James Smith of Phila. , merchant, who d. May 29, 1826 .....îî5
Spouse: Deborah NORRIS4, 19
ìGeorge Logan, son of William and Hannah (Emlen) Logan, and who survived his parents, was born at ìStentonî, September 9, 1753. He is said to have been the last Pennsylvania Quaker to attain eminence in public life, and the only strict member of the Society of Friends that ever sat in the United States Senate.
"When a boy George Logan was sent to school in Worcester, England. His father destined him for a mercantile career, and on his return from abroad he was placed in the counting house of John Reynolds, and eminent merchant and shipper of foreign goods in Philadelphia. He , however, soon decided to study medicine, and after the death of his father, entered the University of Edinburgh, from which he graduated in 1779, and then crossing to the continent, spent some time perfecting himself for his profession in Paris, where he was kindly received and introduced by Dr. Benjamin Franklin, then Minister to the French Court. From the distinguished philosopher and patriot he possibly imbibed the democratic principles that marked his subsequent career and which he certainly did not inherit from his austere and aristocratic grandsire. He returned to Philadelphia in the autumn of 1780, and finding the old family home , ìStentonî, laid waste by the Revolutionary war, bought the interest therein of his brother and sister, and turning his attention to its restoration and improvement, took up his home there, and devoted himself for some years to agriculture. He became a member of the the American Philosophical Society, and two contributions to their ìTransactionsî published in 1797, on ìExperiments in Gypsumî and ìîRotation of Cropsî, show that he had become a scientific and practical farmer. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1785, and regularly re-elected for the next three years. He was an intimate friend of Thomas Jefferson, and warmly espoused the cause and doctrines of the Democratic party. He was again elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature and the nominee of that party in 1795, and re-elected the following year. Like his father, an ardent advocate of peace, he went to France in June, 1798, in an effort, on his own responsibility, to prevent a war between that country and the United States. Landing at Hamburg, he met Lafayette, who enabled him to make his way to Paris, where he arrived on Aug 7 1798. Learning from the United States Consul General that President Adamsí Commissioners had left without accomplishing their mission, and that all negotiations were at an end, and that an embargo had been laid on all American shipping in the ports of France, and many American seamen confined as prisoners, he presented to Tallyrand his letter of introduction from Thomas Jefferson, and made a strenuous effort for the relief of his countrymen. Finding the minister obdurate, he obtained an introduction to Citizen Merlin, one of the Directory, and securing a footing of warm friendship with him was able through him to save the property of a number of persons from confiscation, and secured the release of a number of the imprisoned seamen. His interference was resented by the Federalist officials, and on his return in 1799, as the bearer of dispatches from the Consul General, he found them duplicated before his arrival, and the Federalist majority in Congress passed in that year an act later known as the ìLogan Actî, forbidding any private citizen to take any part in diplomacy, or to treat with a foreign country, without the authority of the government. He was reelected to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1799, and in 1801 was appointed to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Peter Muhlenberg, serving out the full term which expired March 4, 1807. In 1810 he again went abroad on a mission of peace, this time in an effort to prevent the second war with Great Britain, which followed in 1812. He died at ìStentonî, April 9, 1821, in his sixty-eighth year" .4
Marr: 1779 [7,8...7th month, 8th day],
At Friendís Meeting, High St, Phila82,12,83
Slaveholder: ìGray, John, aka Jack, mulatto, 21, ran away from Charles LOGAN, Powhatan Co. (VGAA 11 dec 84î (1784)ì
on William Logan:
Item from his home at recent auction
Mention of famed lemon trees and his nurturing of them
Role as Native American Diplomat
Civic and Revolutionary Role
Bio Excerpt from Colonial & Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania
Bio Excerpt from Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania
on William Logan from Colonial & Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania;
Geneological and Personal Memoires, Vol. I:
ìWilliam Logan, 2nd son of James Logan, born in Philadelphia July 14 1718, at the age of twelve years was sent to England to be educated under the care of his uncle and namesake, Dr. William Logan, a prominent and wealthy physician of Bristol, England, and remained there until he arrived at manhood. On his return to Philadelphia he engaged in the mercantile trade with his father, and was made attorney of the Penn family on the death of Andrew Hamilton in 1741. He was actively engaged in trade until the death of his father, in 1751, when becoming the owner of ìStentonî he took up his residence there and devoted himself to agriculture.
He was elected to the Common Council of Philadelphia, October 4, 1743, and remained a member of that body until the municipal government of the city was suspended by the Revolution in 1776. When his father on May 29, 1747, sent word to the Governorís Council that he no longer considered himself to be a member of that body, William Logan was immediately called to take his place, and he continued a member of Council until his death on October 28, 1776. He was a far stricter Quaker than his father, and was always actively opposed to war on any pretext. He voted against the proposition to Council to pay for Indian scalps, on April 6, 1756, and against the declaration of war four days later.
With his cousin, Israel Pemberton, and others, he formed the Peace Association, and offered to go at his own expense to the Delaware Indians to persuade them to lay down their arms and enter into a treaty of Peace. Sir William Johnston, Governor of New York, being already negotiating a peace treaty with them, the argument of the Peace Association carried considerable weight and William Logan was one of the delegates to the Conference with the Indians at Easton, when peace was declared.
William Logan cared less for literary and scientific pursuits than his father. He was an extensive traveller and left a Journal of some of his rambles, notably that of a visit to Georgia. With his brother James and sister, Hanna Smith, he on August 29, 1754, deeded library property, designed by his father for the use of the people of Philadelphia, to a board of trustees, consisting of himself, his brother James, Israel Pemberton Jr., his first cousin, William Allen, Richard Peters and Benjamin Franklin; William Logan acting as Librarian until his death. He also bequeather to the library thirteen hundred volumes bequeather to him by his uncle, Dr. William Logan, of Bristol, England, with the provision that such as were duplicates of what the library already contained, should be given to the Philadelphia Library.
Conscientiously opposed to war, and deeply attached to the Penn family whom he had long represented in America, William Logan naturally held aloof from active part in the revolutionary struggle, and like many others of his ilk, was often an object of suspicion, and had he lived until the British threatened Philadelphia, would doubtless have been arrested and subjected to considerable annoyance as were many other wealthy and influential men of his class. He lived quietly at ìStentonî during the inception of the national struggle and attended the meetings of Provincial Council long after the battle of Lexington.
Like his father, he was a great friend of the Indians, travelled among them frequently without an armed escort, even in days when Indian atrocities had alarmed the whole frontier; and frequently entertained large delgatives of the aborigines at ìStentonî. He lived a life of activity and good deeds thoroughly consistent with his religious belief. He died at ìStentonî, Oct 29, 1776, and was buried at the Friendsí Burying Ground. He Married, March 24, 1740, Hannah Emlen, daughter of George Emlen, born in Philadelphia June 1, 1722, died at ìstentonî, Jan 30, 1777.î 4
Bio on William Logan from Provincial Councillers :
ìWilliam Logan , b. 5mo., 14, 1718 , son of James Logan , the President of the Council, and himself a Councillor, was sent, when twelve years old, to his uncle, Dr. William Logan , in Bristol, England . His father's letter of advice to him, on his leaving home, is printed in Hazard 's Register. Watson 's Annals tells us that he finished his education in the mother country. After his return, he engaged in business with his father, and also was made attorney with him, for some of the Penn family. He was a merchant until the death of his father, when he became owner of Stenton , and devoted himself more particularly to agriculture. He was a Common Councilman of the City from 1743 until February, 1776 , when the meetings of the Corporation were discontinued. On May 29th, 1747 , when James Logan sent word that he no longer considered himself a member of the Governor's Council, his son William was called to the Board, and appeared and qualified. He was a stricter Quaker than his father, and had a goodly amount of independence, even voting against the Governor's candidate for member of Assembly, when the object of the other party was to change the form of government. In the troublesome period which followed Braddock's defeat, he was very active, not in preparing for war, but, consistent with his principles, in trying to prevent it. In the middle of the winter, he went with the Governor to Carlisle , to see what attitude the Indians of that neighborhood would assume. On April 6th, 1756 , Logan voted "no." Four days later, some members of the Society of Friends addressed the Council against declaring war; and there were others besides Quakers in the Colony who suspected that some special grievance had caused the red man to yield to the solicitations of the French. Logan moved that summons be sent for a full meeting of the Council that evening. This was done. Strettell and other Quaker members attended in the evening, but agreed to the declaration of war, and Logan 's solitary dissent was entered on the minutes. His cousin, Israel Pemberton , and others, about this time, formed themselves into the Peace Association, and offered to go or send at their own expense to persuade the Delawares to lay down their arms. Some friendly Indians became the ambassadors. It happened that, at the time Pennsylvania was declaring war, Sir William Johnson , in New York , was effecting a negotiation with the Delawares, and he wrote to General Shirley that the step taken by Pennsylvania without asking the concurrence of the other colonies, or even notice to them, was a very unaccountable proceeding. Logan attended the conference at Easton , where peace was proclaimed. He could always be depended upon to accompany the Lieutenant-Governor, or take a journey alone, when Indian affairs required it. He received Indians cordially at his house, giving the aged a settlement on his land, and educating the young with his own means. He was in favor of force to protect the Indians who were threatened by the Paxton boys in 1764 . He was quite a traveller, and has left a journal of his visit to Georgia . He was at home during that portion of the Revolutionary war which he lived to see, attending the meetings of the Provincial Council long after the battle of Lexington . He took no active part in the struggle. William Logan , with his brother and Mrs. Smith , deeded the library property, August 28th, 1754 , to Israel Pemberton , Jr., William Allen , Richard Peters , and Benjamin Franklin , to be with William Logan and his brother, James Logan , the Trustees or managers; and William Logan acted as librarian until his death. Furthermore, by his will, he added to the collection the books bequeathed to him by his uncle, Dr. Logan , about thirteen hundred volumes, providing, however, that such as were duplicates of those already in the Loganian library, should be given to the July 25th, 1772 . The witnesses were Samuel Morris , Jr., Israel Morris , Jr., and Edward Middleton . It was probated November 25th, 1776 .
He d. (obit. notice Penna. Gazette) Oct. 28, 1776 , and was bu. in Friends' Ground. He m. Mch. 24, 1740 , Hannah , dau. of George Emlen of Phila. She was b. June 1, 1722 , and d. Jany. 30, 1777 .
Sarah , d. y.,
James , d. y.,
William , grad. M. D. at Edinburgh in 1770 , d. Phila. , Jany. 17, 1772 , in his 25th year (obit. notice Penna. Gazette), m. Sarah , dau. of Dr. Portsmouth , she d. Mch., 1797 ,
a dau., d. inf.,
William Portsmouth , was of Plalstow, co. Essex, Great Brit. , d. unm. before his mother,
Sarah , b. 11, 6, 1751 , m. Thomas Fisher , see below,
George , b. 9, 9, 1753 , m. Deborah Norris , see p. 20,
Charles , m. Mary Pleasants (see p. 23.)î5
Logan's will. William was coexecutor of this his mother's will.
Abstracts of Philadelphia Co Wills, 1748 - 1763. K.186.İ Author: F. Edward Wright/ Philadelphia County, PA, wills executed 1748-1763
originally abstracted under the auspices of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. G F Library
2. Colonial & Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania; Geneological and Personal Memoires, Vol. I, Early Pennsylvania Land Records; Minutes of the board of Property of the Province of Pennsylvania, John W Jordan, L.LD, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Ex-General Registrar of Sons of the Revolution, and Registrar of Pennsylvania Society, Originally published New York and Chicago 1911; Repr inted for Clearfield, Inc by Geneological Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, Md., 1994, Copyright 1978 Geneological Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, Md. p 31/p30. GF Library-Part of the larger data base entitled:Genealogical Records: Pennsylvania Colonial Records, 1600s-1800s
3. Will abstract William Logan [1718-1786] married Hannah Emlen:
From Abstracts of Philadelphia Co Wills, 1763 - 1784 Author: F. Edward Wright Philadelphia County, PA, wills executed 1763-1784 originally abstracted under the auspices of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Genforum [GF] Library collection.
4. COLONIAL FAMILIES OF PHILADELPHIA. EDITOR: JOHN W. JORDAN, LL. D. VOLUME I. NEW YORK , CHICAGO . THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY 1911. Part of the larger data base entitled:Genealogical Records: Pennsylvania Colonial Records, 1600s-1800s at Genforum Library.
Colonial & Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania; Geneological and Personal Memoires, Vol. I, Early Pennsylvania Land Records; Minutes of the board of Property of the Province of Pennsylvania, John W Jordan, L.LD, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Ex-General Registrar of Sons of the Revolution, and Registrar of Pennsylvania Society, Originally published New York and Chicago 1911; Repreinted for Clearfield, Inc by Geneological Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, Md., 1994, Copyright 1978 Geneological Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, Md. , Genforum Library-Part of the larger data base entitled:Genealogical Records: Pennsylvania Colonial Records, 1600s-1800s.
Context of Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania, 1733-1776. Those Earlier
Councillors Who were some time Chief Magistrates of the Province, and their
Descendants The Provincial Conncillors from 1733 to 1776. Provo, UT: Original
data: Charles P. Keith., The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania who
held office between 1733-1776, and Those Earlier Councillors who were some
time Chief Magistrates of the Province, and their descendants. Philadelphia,
PA: 1883. Ancestry.com library collection
6. Will of Thomas Fisher: Abstract. Philadelphia.Book Q:395 Date 29 1 1777 Proven 11 2 1777
Remarks: Fisher, Thomas. Phila. Gentleman. Dec 19, 1806. Oct 24, 1810. 3.263. Bequeaths his property to children: William Logan Fisher, James Logan Fisher, Hannah Logan Fisher and Esther Fisher. Eldest son Joshua Fisher lately died leaving wife Elizabeth Powell Fisher, enciente. Property in Phila. purchased from Peter Reeve and wife, property devised to him by his father Joshua Fisher, dec'd, Meadow in Passyunk Twp. Phila. Co., devised to him by said father. Property in Southwark held with brother Miers Fisher, land now or late in Twp. of Chemung, State of NY, purchased of Richard Harrison and wife, half of which he sold to William Cooper of Coopertown. Property originally in Westmorland Co., PA, by division of that co. thrown into several counties. Brothers Samuel R. Fisher and Miers Fisher and nephews Joshua and Thomas Gilpin interested in said Property. Property in Bristol Twp., Phila. Co., now annexed to Country Seat Wakefield, formely the estate of his late wife Sarah Logan under the will of her father William Logan. Property in Bristol Twp., Phila. Co., purchased from William Dagnie and wife and from Assignees of John Mayo. Brew house, malt house &c. in Phila., purchased from John Baker Esq., administrators of William Van Phul, Esq. Property in Phila. purchased from trustees of William Peters. Property in Baltimore, MD, which John Brown and Jane his wife conveyed to George Emlen who conveyed the same to him according to leases made to Abraham France, Henry Hartman, Tinker & Stiles and James Davidson, all which said George Emlen conveyed to him and he was leased to Michael Peters, rents received by friend John McKim of Baltimore. Ground in Southwark, Phila. Co. held with brother Miers Fisher by devise from said father. Land in Canaan Twp., Wayne Co., sometime called the Proprietors Garden and afterwards Elk Forrest bought of William Cooper now held in common with sister Lydia Gilpin and brothers Samuel and Miers Fisher. Purchased from Samuel Emlen, Jr., and wife, land in or near Otsego Co., N.Y. State being part of tract since called Bloomfield. Lands in Otsego Co. N.Y. formerly porperty of Henry Hill who conveyed them to John Holker, he to Thomas Fitzimons &c. Legacy to yearly Mtg. of Friends, Indian Natives who received our first Proprietary William Penn to derive benefit thereof. Legacies to PA Hospital, Monthly Mtg. of Woman Friends Southern District, Phila. To friends Rebecca Jones and Benjamin Mason. To Elizabeth Scott who served her time in his family. To Mary Kirkpatrick. To Priamus Stanton. Entered into partnership with his father, later taking in brothers Samuel R. and Jabez Maud Fisher. Entered into lumber business with brother. Miers, Thomas Hough and Caleb Birkham about 1784. Connected with Paper Mills at Brandywine. Partnership with Leonard Snowden in 1800 in Brewery Business. To grandchildren Thomas Fisher and Sarah Logan Fisher children of son William and to nephew Thomas Fisher son of brother. Samuel R. Fisher. To expected grandchild, child of son Joshua. Execs: Sons William Logan Fisher and James Logan Fisher, also to be guardians of daughter Esther Fisher and of expected grandchild. Codicil. Sister Lydia Gilpin since deceased, son born to daughter-in-law Elizabeth Powell Fisher named for her husband Joshua, dec'd. Witnesses to codicil: Robert Waln, John B. Wallace, Jno. Roberts. Signed Jan 18, 1809.
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1819 Author: F. Edward Wright Philadelphia County, PA, wills executed originally abstracted under the auspices of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
7 William Logan Fisher Papers
Papers, 1749 November 6-1861 April 24
103 items; 0.25 lin. feet
William L. Clements Library
The University of Michigan
William Logan Fisher Papers
This is a background site on the collection in which they speak of Thomas Fisher and Sarah Logan explaining the importance of the collection.
8. William Logan Fisher. Part of the Web Pages of LaSalle University, discussing its history and holdings, including land once belonging to James Logan. By Michelle Dillan.
9. The Political Graveyard mounted by Lawrence Kestenbaum's, entry for this William Logan
10. Will abstract James Logan (Son of Charles, Died 1805) : Philadelphia, PA İ Book Page 1:320 İ İDate 1804 Date Proven: 29 4 1805
Abstract Reads: ìRemarks: James Logan. City of Philadelphia. Merchant. Legacies to sisters Sarah P. Carter, wife of Dr. James Carter of Goochland Co. in Virginia, Maria Woodson, wife of Robert H. Woodson and Julia Logan, both of Goodland Co., Virginia and to Harriet Logan of Philadelphia. Rem. of estate to his bro. Charles Franklin Logan. Exec: Thomas Fisher, Samuel Pleasants and George Logan.î
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1819 Author: F. Edward Wright Philadelphia County, PA, wills executed originally abstracted under the auspices of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.Ancestry.com library
14. Hannah (Emlen) Loganís Will. Philadelphia. Book: Q:395 Date: 1Jan 29, 1777 Proven: Feb 11, 1777
ìRemarks: Hannah Logan. 29 Jan 1777. 11 Feb 1777. Children: Charles, George and Sarah Fisher, daughter in law Sarah Logan. Grandson: Wm. Portsmouth Logan. Friends: Rebekah Jones; Ann Widdowfield; Susannah Lightfoot, wife of Thomas, and her daughter Susannah; Mary Hollon; Margaret Porter, wife of Wm.; Elizabeth Davis; Mary Norris; Lettitia Rees; Mary, kitchen maid; Elizabeth Scott; Mary Armit, Susannah Jones, Ann Warner, Rebekah Jones, Sarah Lewis and Ann Hollowell, in trust for the Monthly Meeting of Phila. Execs.: son in law Thos. Fisher and Owen Jones. Q:395.îPhiladelphia County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1819 Author: F. Edward Wright Philadelphia County, PA, wills executed originally abstracted under the auspices of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.. Ancestry.com library
19. The Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, 1750-1930, covers all meetings, Compiled from Quaker Monthly Meetings, William Wade Hinshaw, Originally published by The Geneological Publishing Company "The records of the Society of Friends are perhaps the most complete of all church records; few happenings went unrecorded." GF Library
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